Female academics will need supports, recognition of COVID-19’s impacts on professional history

July 29, 2021
During the COVID-19 pandemic, female academics were hit particularly hard, says Liz McMillen. McMillen interviews five people who speak about how the pandemic has disproportionately impacted female academics and their academic work. The interviewees detail a variety of issues, such as a loss of research time as women were expected to act as a “social net,” and in the increased stress of caregiving duties. The interviewees explain that women in academia need a variety of supports to address these issues in the short term, but that the impacts of COVID-19 on research and publishing must be recognized so that those looking at their CVs will understand why there are gaps in publications. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Editorial)